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Painted Papers as Backgrounds

July 9, 2010

These painted papers that I’ve shown in the past two posts are just a small sampling of what are stashed away in the studio. I do sell the occasional packet of them on Etsy, just because I like having a reason to make more.

Not being into art journaling, I don’t have a need for them as journal backgrounds. I have simply resisted the temptation so far, but that’s not to say I won’t take the plunge some day. In fact, I have three wonderful empty journaling books just begging for something inside them.

But yesterday I decided to do a sketch right on top of a piece of painted paper. I like what happened with it and want to do more. These dried pieces of arugula and cilantro were sitting up on a shelf in a vase, so I drew a couple of them.

I wonder if I could collect these sketches and use bits of those in collage or in paintings for that matter? Why not!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. July 9, 2010 7:42 pm

    I love this Martha! What kind of paper did you use?

    You always make me want to go off on another creative tangent just when I already have lots going on. 🙂

    Thank you for being such a wonderful creative inspiration for me Martha!

    • July 10, 2010 4:30 pm

      Itaya, it was just printer paper, but the acid free kind — although I’m not worried about archivability with collage.

  2. July 9, 2010 11:36 pm

    Why Not??? You go girl! Have a great weekend! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

    • July 10, 2010 7:18 am

      Mary Helen, it’s hard for my little brain to expand too much on what I’m already comfortable doing. Which is precisely why I need to do it! Have a great weekend.

  3. July 9, 2010 11:56 pm

    Nice Martha…see what happens when you get into gardening!!! The beauty of nature…in all her wonderful forms (I so glad she is a woman) just gets in to your soul……gosh I can’t wait to be up in the woods again….it is positively hostile here right now…I know it is hot there too…but at least that is more temporary….just now got some great tomatoes from our farm stand (mine have been ravaged by heat, tomato eating Jack Russel and white flies) Anyway they were from Tennessee or there about’s and just juicy delicious!!!! Oh and also some Georgia Peaches…I wish I had painted but I made a pie and that was just sooooooooooooooooooogood!

    • July 10, 2010 7:28 am

      Toni, I’m surrounded here by inspiration. It’s inevitable that the garden and critters will find their way into my work.

      Actually my tomatoes are suffering in the heat. I’ve been watering a little extra over the past couple of weeks, and last night we finally got a nice soaking rain. And oh by the way — my tomato loving dog has been sniffing them! I think it’s beginning to dawn on her what they are.

      There’s a peach orchard just about 20 miles down the road. We bought a small basket (about 5 lbs.) and my sister brought us another one. So I’ve peeled and frozen some, and made two cobblers! Oh my! Yes, I know what you mean. I had one peach in the basket that still had three leaves attached. Shoulda painted it!

  4. July 10, 2010 10:23 am

    Lovely drawing on such an appropriate background…

  5. July 10, 2010 2:08 pm

    I love the creativity. I love to try new thing all the time. I love it.

  6. donna baek permalink
    July 10, 2010 3:46 pm

    dear martha, did you get the comment i left last week asking your advice about using parts of paintings as a basis for a new painting?
    it was kind of long. if not i’ll rewrite it.

    thanks, donna baek

    • July 10, 2010 4:32 pm

      Donna, I did see that, but this past week has been filled with a visit from our son and his family. I’m going to look now — so sorry if I didn’t reply to it yet. Watch for it!

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